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Gordon Ramsay, the Michelin-starred chef and presenter of The F Word and Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, has supported Tommy's, which funds research into the prevention of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth, for nine years.

Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay

"We approached Gordon and Tana Ramsay after the premature birth of their twins in 1999," says Jane Brewin, chief executive of Tommy's. "Gordon ran two consecutive London Marathons for us and is a family man who continues to support our cause passionately."

Ramsay says: "Tommy's is very close to my heart, especially because my own twins were born three weeks prematurely.

"It was an emotional and strained time for the family, but we were lucky and the twins pulled through. It's awful to think that other parents go through similar traumas each day in the UK.

"With further funding for their essential research, Tommy's aims to end this heartache, which is why I support its worthy cause."

Bob Geldof, the musician and driving force behind the Band Aid and Live 8 concerts, presented a cheque for £10,000 to Missing People in London earlier this month.

Geldof presented the cheque to Paul Tuohy, chief executive of Missing People, in his role as founding partner of Groupcall, a company that provides text and voice messaging services for schools in an effort to reduce truancy. The company has launched a partnership with the charity and will donate 10 per cent of the value of all new Groupcall Messenger subscriptions.

"Missing People is a charity that does so much for young runaways, missing and unidentified people, their families and those who care for them," says Geldof.

"Groupcall provided me with reassurance that my daughters had arrived at school safely after a journey across London. We hope to assist Missing People in its continued search for all those who are missing."

Christian Bale, the actor and star of Batman Begins, pop singer Kylie Minogue and talkshow hosts Michael Parkinson and Jonathan Ross are among the celebrities to have lent their support to the Toy Trust and Barnardo's by signing toys that will be sold on internet auction site eBay to raise money for the two children's charities. Bale autographed a Batman figure, Minogue signed a Kylie doll and Parkinson and Ross signed a cricket bat and a Star Wars Transformer respectively. The auction opens on 30 January and will close on 29 February.

Former England cricket captain David Gower is backing Epilepsy Action's Take Control campaign. The initiative, which will target the south of England, aims to help people living with epilepsy to avoid seizures. "Take Control is a really worthwhile campaign and it could help people with epilepsy lead fuller lives," says Gower.

Singer and winner of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing TV series Alesha Dixon and Capital 95.8 DJ Johnny Vaughan launched a 10k run in aid of Capital's Help A London Child charity earlier this month in London's Leicester Square. "It doesn't matter if you're an experienced runner or a complete novice, you can skip, jump or walk your way around the route if you like," says Dixon. The run will be held in Hyde Park, London, on 20 July.

Stephen Fry, the actor, writer and presenter of BBC panel show QI, is supporting the Samaritans Stress Down Day on 1 February. The campaign encourages people to wear slippers to work and take part in stress-reducing activities.

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